Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives to the basket in the first half past Tyler Griffey #42 of the Illinois Fighting Illini and Tracy Abrams #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini on March 10, 2013 at Value City Arena in …
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DAYTON, OH - Ohio State was rewarded for its fifth Big Ten tournament title with a No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Region and a second-round game in Dayton against No. 15 seed Iona.
The Buckeyes (26-7) beat Wisconsin 50-43 for the Big Ten crown on Sunday, then learned they'd be going to Dayton to take on the Gaels (20-13) on Friday at the UD Arena.
Iona beat rival Manhattan in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship a year after getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, where the Gaels are 1-9 all-time.
Ohio State, which reached the Final Four last year, won its third Big Ten tournament title in the last four seasons behind Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft as the 10th-ranked Buckeyes pulled away from the Badgers.
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